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Calgary Pride accessible to all with Universal Access

Collaborating for an accessible Pride

August 8, 2019 by Centaine Hlushak on Universal Access

As an organization built on improving inclusivity and accessibility, Universal Access was honoured to be approached by Calgary Pride to make its downtown events accessible to the disability community.

“It seemed like a natural fit,” says CFO Garrett Crump. Garrett’s brother, Sean, is the CEO and Head Chair of Universal Access, and was inspired to start the company after years of frustration with public spaces and events inaccessible to his wheelchair. With assessments by Universal Access, Garrett and Sean hope to alleviate some of the same frustrations from Calgary Pride goers.

Accessibility is about more than installing ramps. With Garrett and Universal Access’ help, those who need it can enjoy designated accessible seating with elevation to watch the Calgary Pride Parade and Pride in the Park. Pride in the Park performances will also have American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at each stage, liaisons in the beer gardens to guide and serve people, and golf carts for transportation. Universal Access has also helped prepare a transit and accessible parking guide for guests.

This is only the beginning, as Universal Access plans to work with Calgary Pride’s Accessibility Committee year over year to further improve its accessibility.

Garrett says working with Calgary Pride has been an “eye-opening experience,” to look beyond his social construct silos and understand the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community.

“We all want inclusion,” he says.


  1. Click here to learn more about Universal Access and how they can make your business or events more inclusive.
  2. Check out Calgary Pride August 23-September 2, 2019.
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  4. Check out Universal Access’ Sustainability Profile on the REAP directory.